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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Jack Bernstein (story), Jack Bernstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson
Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)
Dan Marino ... Dan Marino
Noble Willingham ... Riddle
Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock
Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis ... Vinnie
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Roc
David Margulies ... Doctor
John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle
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Storyline

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carrie-Anne Moss and Téa Leoni were considered for the role of Melissa Robinson. See more »

Goofs

When Ace gets off the elevator, at the beginning of the movie, you can see that Ace clamps both feet on the side of the package causing a gap on the top of the box. In the next shot when Ace still has his feet clamped on the sides of the package, there is no gap on the top. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »

Alternate Versions

Many scenes added in the T.V. version add missing essential story elements, making the rest of the picture more understandable. These include:
  • A scene in a bar in Ray Finkle's hometown.
  • Ace gets up on stage with the band Cannibal Corpse during the concert and sings.
  • Ace attempts to extract information crucial to locating the bar from a distraught gas station attendant.
  • Ace calls Emilio from the mental hospital and an elderly resident imitates him. Ace takes Melissa home after they leave the mental hospital and she kisses him goodnight.
  • Ace visits his hippie friend again and tries find out a connection between Einhorn and Finkle looking at their credit report. Also, Ace phones Emilio from the Mental Hospital to tell him about Finkle and Einhorn.
  • Near the end, Ace commands Snowflake to steal Einhorn's gun. Ace then tries to command Snowflake to give the gun to him, but the dolphin gives it back to Einhorn instead.
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Connections

Featured in Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

ACE IS IN THE HOUSE
Performed by Tone Loc
Composed by Tone Loc
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Aaaaaallllllrighty then
15 August 2016 | by NateWatchesCoolMoviesSee all my reviews

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective shouldn't really be as funny as it is. It's random, head scratching and just deeply juvenile, and happens to be one of the funniest films ever made. Why? Jim Carrey. The man is spun gold on camera, and he sells every outlandish minute of this gonzo Looney Toons goofball of a flick. It really wouldn't work without him. I mean, could you imagine, say, Dustin Hoffman, or John Travolta trying to pull of this kind of malarkey? OK, I did just laugh really hard picturing that, so it would be funny, but only in an embarrassing way. No, it had to be Carrey, and he's an engine of unbridled comic mania the entire way through. One acting technique involves basing your performance off of the mannerisms of an animal, and I've heard that he chose a cockatoo as the blueprint for Ace. The head bobs, squirrelly movements and that epic, instantly recognizable ocean crest of a hairdo. Makes sense, and I couldn't unsee it after hearing that. Ace is probably the most eccentric, beloved character Carrey has ever fashioned, and for good reason. He's like a cannon loaded with jokes, quips, pop culture references, personal space invading antics, a complete lack of inhibitions, a treasure trove of rubber faced muckery and a deep love for any and all creatures of the animal kingdom. Those are pretty much all of the qualities one should look for in a human being. I say that now, but I feel like after spending ten minutes with the guy I'd look for the nearest exit. Ace is on the case, when he's not goofing off, which is always. Somehow he finds time to search for the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins, an actual dolphin named Snowflake. The story dimly unfolds in the background of all his tomfoolery, and includes Dan Marino, a suspicious billionaire (Udo Kier, whose exasperation at Carrey's behaviour looks very un-faked), and an ice queen of a Police Chief played by Sean Young, with an arc that goes to some pretty disturbing places for this kind of light fare. He also finds time to have hot jungle love with Courtney Cox, and speak to people through his asshole like a deranged Muppet, among many other things that will have you questioning why you're watching it, only to realize it's like your twentieth viewing and you have no plans to ever stop. It's Carrey's show, and he takes it into orbit, never letting the mania subside for a nanosecond. He's borderline certifiable, which comes in handy when he has to infiltrate a mental facility, because the guy halfway to belonging there anyway. There's just so many cherished little moments, mannerisms and scenes that don't ever get old, for those of us that love this character. Carrey shaped the landscape of comedy a lot during this portion of his career, and the mile markers that he released stand tall and undiminished to this day, bringing hilarity to all. The sequel is genius too, and one of those rare follow ups that is just as solid as the first.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,115,105, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$72,217,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,217,396
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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